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  1. thanks for posting. that's helpful. good to know on the paint remover.
  2. Ok - tks again for the tip on an indy.... I ended up going to one I had actually been to before twice - but had forgotten about. Made the apt. last week for yesterday and the car was ready today at lunch. 2 new horns and 4 new drive axle boots and checked the oil. All good and the car was spick and span on pick up. Parts were im sure less than dealer and labor too - not a steal - but I wasn't expecting that anyway. Seems to be all good ( but I haven't looked at the boots though) and the horn works too..... Im pretty sure they'll be the go-to now - they've been around for awhile and they are long time local club participants and supporters. A no brainer to the dealer bs and drop off and we'll see if we can have it ready in 4 days... The indy was by no means looking for work either but, I think, may value a customer as much as a customer should value good work.
  3. So what’s the time difference between seeing a split boot and tearing everything apart to determine one needs a full replacement instead and then putting it all back together?
  4. So once the grease has started to leak, how does one tell it’s still “ok” to drive? Dealer srvc Mgr says I can still drive it with no worries - even though I think the diagnosis went something like this….. car arrives to shop, mechanic sees grease stains on boot and wheel and says, replace the whole assembly. I’d bet money, based on when I saw the car on the shop floor, nothing dissembled and after diagnosis, that’s what happened…..
  5. So if the rubber is just split, why can’t the boot just be replaced and not the whole part?? And now I’m wondering why the service manager told me its ok to drive not knowing how much grease has been lost? Should I worry about driving it with the grease being lost?
  6. can anyone help me understand where the leaking grease may be coming from? Could there be more than 1 source? still trying to figure out how this all goes together, but its like shooting in the dark.... Does the rubber boot keep the grease contained? Why does the whole part need to be changed out - according to dealer. This is the part they quoted me:
  7. Ok, found a YouTube video with the wrong equipment but I figured it out. Basically the same less the footwell passenger grill.... Here is the link https://youtu.be/ESbCUEbQbhM backside of switches
  8. so the switches have arrived and im still looking for trim removal guide..... Anyone?? Tks much
  9. can find model specific info online. getting conflicting info. anyone have my model specific process for removal of trim pieces and ac control unit?
  10. I think what he meant by saying not taking new customers was that he had all the work he could handle. Guessing. he was nice about it..... No biggie as I like the other guy better. I don't mind waiting but seemed a little excessive this time and I had no idea what the leak was/is... Anyhow, adding this visits ticket to my spreadsheet and see I missed 2 things on the dealer invoice - the mileage is off by 10,000 - they listed 10,000 miles more than what I have. Also, they said they did a brake flush, and the fluid is higher than what it was when I went in, but its no where on the invoice. Called dealer and was told its part of the "Minor Service" package they have down. If so, this is the 1st time I've gotten a brake flush and its not specifically listed - I see the oil, the filter, drain plug, cabin filter, etc., but NO brake flush listed. So who knows.... This is the kind of stuff that drives me nuts.
  11. When picking up my car from the dealer the other day they gave me a print out of the testing for the oil pressure. I thought it was interesting the difference between the owner's manual and what they gave me. I cant imagine that it makes a difference in the readings as to whether the car is under load or at idle.... Anyhow, for comparison. The shop did the Bar to psi conversions Owners's Manual Shop info 2006 Shop Manual oil info_20210529_0001.pdf
  12. so looking to replace the ac switches so I have to remove the right and left trim pieces that house the unit, then the unit. does anyone have a pdf I can download for directions for the entire process? I thought I had a good idea but then the tech at the dealer said there is a sub woofer in the passenger side footwell I wasn't counting on..... tks
  13. Disclaimer - I know nothing about how this works 😒..... The driver side axle boot. Went to the dealer and the car was in the bay on the ground. Greasy smear inside driver side wheel has been diagnosed as a leaking driver side axle boot. A few questions... 1). how hard / involved is it diagnose? Guessing it depends on the size of the leak? Can it be as simple as removing the wheel and seeing a leak, cracked boot? It didn't even look as if the wheel had been removed 2). can anyone provide any info as to what gets replaced in a new vs rebuild repair. Still waiting on the parts numbers form the dealer. Does anyone have any schematics - curious. 3). Considering dealer pricing, rebuild at $2000 vs new at $ 2550 - thoughts?? High, low, etc.? I know what I think 😖
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